Remarkable Photos of Child Labor During the Industrial Revolution

The industrial revolution brought about swift, significant change to life as the people of the time knew it. Workers once used to subsistence farming in rural areas moved to cities to work in factories in droves. The rapid movement was not without strife. Conditions were dirty, crowded, and often extremely dangerous. The soaring rise in production levels could not adequately be met by adults and desperate parents struggling to survive and put food in their children’s mouths put them to work alongside them in the factories. Conditions were brutal for the children. They were paid a fraction of what adults made, and their small size made them perfect for getting into dangerous nooks and crannies to maintain or clean equipment that adults were too large for. It was not unheard of for child laborers to work 19 hour days with just a one hour break. Orphans were treated as de facto slaves.

Punishment for boys and girls who did not meet expectations ranged from verbal to physical abuse. “Weighting” was a process in which young workers who did not meet their quota were forced to wear a heavy weight around their neck. The wealthy factory owners’ stranglehold on their cheap labor source finally began to assuage to public pressure. The first such measure occurred in 1833 when the Factory Act was passed by British Parliament and restricted the hours minors could work, and prohibited those under 9 from labor whatsoever. School attendance also became mandatory. The U.S. would not follow suit with similar measures until decades later, finally creating the Children’s Bureau in 1912. Unfortunately, the practice is still used today in some areas around the globe.

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English child laborers

English child laborers

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Children worked alongside adults

Children worked alongside adults

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21 Pictures of Baby Friendship That Will Make You Melt

Not much can brighten your day like a smiling, cute baby. And the things they do can be just adorable. Watching them as they discover new things can be heartwarming, sweet, and just downright funny. When two or more get together the joy rises exponentially. Seeing young tykes team up as they take on new discoveries is an experience to remember for years and years to come. And though these cute kids may not be ours, take a second and let the following sweet young ones brighten your day.

Going in for a kiss

Going in for a kiss

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Anything's a toy

Anything’s a toy

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Baby meetup group

Baby meetup group

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Love

Love

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Playtime

Playtime

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All tuckered out

All tuckered out

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Eskimo kiss!

Eskimo kiss!

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Ready for Santa

Ready for Santa

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Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams

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First beach trip

First beach trip

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Smile for the camera!

Smile for the camera!

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Babies playing together

Babies playing together

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Hanging out

Hanging out

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Ride Out the Apocalypse in this $11.5 Million Dollar Doomsday Bunker

Have a premonition when the world will end? Well, you’re in luck. For just $11.5 million, or $19,500 per person per month, you and your loved ones (that are worth $19,500 to you at least) can ride out the end of the world in pure comfort and style. This nuclear bomb proof bunker in Yellow Jacket, Colorado has just been listed by its owner whose identity and purpose behind building it are unknown. Perhaps the 2012 predictions didn’t turn out as they had anticipated?

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Be sure to enjoy those last few moments of breathable air and natural light

Be sure to enjoy those last few moments of breathable air and natural light

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There are few cues that you are weathering the storm underground as the world’s ending, save for the semi-visible metal air ducts on the ceiling which close automatically if outside contamination is detected. Great care was taken to select comfortable furnishings with local design tastes in mind.

Furnishings were chosen to match local tastes

Furnishings were chosen to match local tastes

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Air ducts ensure there is safe air to breathe

Air ducts ensure there is safe air to breathe

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Ride out the apocalypse in style

Ride out the apocalypse in style

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Keep in touch with the roving zombies who now inhabit the earth with your 100 foot radio tower, and if you make friends with one that used to be a pilot they can swing by and land on your very own helicopter pad.

Keep in touch with survivors...if there are any

Keep in touch with survivors…if there are any

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To keep the lights on in your new fortress (there are no windows, of course) you’ll rely on four separate power sources. Your water will be tasty, cool and safe to drink after going through a seven stage filtration process. Stay safe (and comfortable), everyone!

The four power systems

The four power systems

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Rest after a stressful day

Rest after a stressful day

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Living area

Living area

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